A Complete Neighbourhood Guide to Yekaterinburg

Iset River embankment | © Paul Paladin / Shutterstock
Iset River embankment | © Paul Paladin / Shutterstock
Photo of Zita Whalley
10 November 2017

The Ural’s major city is a sprawling tangle of buildings and landmarks that have weathered industrialisation, the Russian Revolution, the Soviet era and uncertainty after the USSR’s collapse. If you’re visiting Yekaterinburg, here’s where to find the best sights, restaurants, bars and hotels in town.

Zheleznodorozhnyy Rayon

As the central train station is here, it’s probably the first area you’ll explore. Covering the city’s west, Zheleznodorozhnyy Rayon is home to the Dinamo Sports Complex, a constructivist architectural gem that juts out on the city lake’s northern peninsula. You’ll also find the sparkling new Yeltsin Centre here, a modern political hub named after local lad and the Russian Federation’s first president. Outside of the central sights, the suburb sprawls north westerly, into parkland, along the Iset River, which has walking tracks to explore.

Yeltsin Centre | ©photravel/Shutterstock

Ordzhonikidzevskiy Rayon

Not really a touristy neighbourhood, Ordzhonkikidzevskiy Rayon north of the city comprises residential apartment blocks and a lot of forest and greenery. There is however, the White Tower, another of Yekaterinburg’s iconic constructivist landmarks, as well as Park Pobedy (Victory Park), an immense green space with pagodas scattered throughout, purpose-built to while an afternoon away in. If in need of a swim, Lake Shuvakish is a locals’ swimming hole nearby.

Lake Shuvaksih – Yekaterinburg, Russia

Old Water Tower, Yekaterinburg | ©Mikhail Markovskiy/Shutterstock

Kirovskiy Rayon

Also another residential suburb of apartment blocks that peters out to houses and fields, this is also another area that isn’t on many tourist hit lists. However, it does contain the unmissable Church Upon the Blood, on the site where the Romanov family, Russia’s last royals, were executed. It also borders the City Lakes, from which you can get to all the central sights.

Church Upon the Blood | ©photravel/Shutterstock

Leninskiy Rayon

A mix of apartment blocks, sights, and cafés and bars, if you’re in town for World Cup 2108 you’ll probably spend a bit of time in this neighbourhood as Central Stadium sits just on the western perimeter. Sprawling south-west of the city centre, Leninskiy Rayon includes the Iset River embankment and 1905 Square in the city centre, and the Shirokorechenskoe Mafia Cemetery on its southern outskirts. If you’re looking for a meal any time of day, you’ll also find the 24-hour café Big Mama’s House here.

Shirokorechenskoe Mafia Cemetery – Yekaterinburg, Russia

Mafia Cemetery Yekaterinburg | ©Peretz Partensky/Flickr

Oktyabrskiy Rayon

Probably the most Instagrammable neighbourhood in the city and another area you’ll get to know if in town for World Cup 2018, the competition Fan Fest zone Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture (MBU), is in the area’s south. Covering the south-east of central Yekaterinburg and then stretching south, Oktyabriskiy Rayon also is home to some of the city’s most well-known sites and some of the best restaurants, bars and accommodation. The Beatles monument, as well as the keyboard sculpture, both lie within the precinct, as does the Press House, a huge old constructivist relic that has been renovated into a multipurpose space in part.

The Keyboard Monument – Ulitsa Gorkogo, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Monument to the Beatles | © yachmenev/ Wikipedia Commons

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